A vast collection of one-player card games for your computer
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
123 Free Solitaire is a collection of different single-player card games that is available for download at no charge. The program installs quickly and runs under any recent version of Windows. The application includes a total of 12 different variations on the game of solitaire. Some of these such as Klondike, Spider and FreeCell are probably familiar to anyone who enjoys playing the game. The application also includes several variants of solitaire that are more exotic such as Grandfather's Clock, Royal Rendezvous and Diplomat. Fortunately, 123 Free Solitaire includes a complete local help library that explains exactly how to play every one of the games included.
Anyone who is familiar with the solitaire game that has been included as a standard application in Windows will find 123 Free Solitaire a little different. The most noticeable difference is that the cards are much larger and occupy more of the background. There is a very informative help and status bar along the bottom. The bar shows the name of the area on the board the mouse is hovering over from the waste pile to the foundation. This makes learning new games easier. The status bar also shows how many cards are left in a stack and the rules governing the game. The score and a timer are located in the upper right corner alongside the menu bar.
Playing 123 Free Solitaire is easy and will be familiar to many people. Clicking on the draw pile will flip the next card. Cards can be dragged across the screen and placed into different piles. Right clicking also automatically moves cards to an appropriate position on the board. The game has two levels of animation. Full animation settings will show cards actually flipping over and jumping across the screen. Simple animation settings will just cause cards to appear suddenly in different locations.
The graphics and cards in 123 Free Solitaire are large and easy to see. The backs of the cards and the faces of the cards can both be changed through the appearance settings. The background of the screen can also be changed to a textured surface or a picture. The game has a large library of different card and background images. The drawback is that users need to provide an email address in order to download the graphics pack. 123 Free Solitaire also has a good amount of sound. Players will hear the cards as they are shuffled, dealt and flipped over. There is even the sound of applause after winning a game.
An autoplay option is included in the game. This option automatically moves certain cards on the board as they are drawn. This can be confusing at first especially when one card leads to an entire sequence of cards moving into foundation piles. Although there are 12 games included, there is really no way to change the settings of each game such as the number of cards drawn from the deck at one time. Anyone who enjoys card games will enjoy playing 123 Free Solitaire.
- Large cards and colorful graphics
- 12 different solitaire games
- Instruction included for every game
- Autoplay can be confusing
- Email registration necessary to change graphics
- No save game feature
An implementation of the classical solitaire
Fun rendition of solitaire, favorite card game of many